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So I was just tearing apart the remains of the Christmas turkey.  My wife is teasing me a bit about making a mess saying, "See? If you were doing this in an RV there'd be turkey all over the windows, TV and sofa!"  Now, she might have been exaggerating slightly but it got me to thinking about cooking food.  Are there foods you avoid because they are too messy?  Or maybe even too stinky?  Or some other reason?

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There are foods we prefer to cook outside on the grill of course, but I can't think of any we wouldn't cook inside if the grill wasn't available for some reason. Yep, we've even cooked a whole turkey in the oven, and I don't recall it being a particularly messy operation. Vent fans and air freshener take care of most of the cooking odor problems.

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We would cook any food inside.  It is our home..  If you clean it, you won't have odors any more than you would in a house.  That's assuming also that you use your fan, open a window once in awhile etc.  Even a house will smell for a short time after cooking some foods.  

 

The ONLY thing I do not do is any deep frying.

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11 hours ago, LFDR3116 said:

The ONLY thing I do not do is any deep frying.

We purchased an air fryer. It works really well for almost anything that you would deep fry without the mess and smell of hot oil. 

Weather permitting about the only thing we try not to cook inside is fish. However, as already said, vent fan and air freshener work well if we must.  

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When we had a "real" oven, we cooked anything. 

Now that we have only a microwave/convection oven, we rarely cook anything that requires the use of the convection oven unless we're in an RV park with hookups (which is rare).  We hate running the generator for the length of time that would be required to use the convection oven. 

So mostly we now cook stuff that can be done on the stovetop, including fish (salmon).

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We don't cook some kinds of fish (milder "white" fish are OK), leeks, or liver of any kind inside. Even if we run the Fantastic Fan on high, the smell still manages to get into carpet, soft goods, bedding, etc., and stay there. Since my wife has gone plant-based (and I'm about 80% there), the only restriction still in place is the leeks. Even vegetables that are smelly while cooking (we call it "food fart") like cauliflower are OK with the fan running - but not leeks! (Did I mention leeks?)

Rob

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Thanks for all the replies. Sounds like not that different from cooking in a regular home. I expected there to be more limitations. My wife doesn't like cooking some stinky foods now. I just thought the problem might be worse in a smaller, better-sealed space.

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  We usually fry fish or frog legs outside. I make DW cook liver outside too; can't stand the stink. It's heriditary I think.

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I use a recipe found in the NY mag. Fold a hunk of Salmon in a foil envelope. Season S&P. Fold to seal edges of foil. Hot heavy pan. Place packet onto skillet. 4 minutes +/-. Open foil onto plate. No odor, no clean-up.

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5 hours ago, sandsys said:

Things that splatter are best cooked outside unless you enjoy scrubbing greasy walls and cupboards. :)

Linda Sand

We have a couple of mesh splatter shields that work really well. My mother-in-law had them before us though, so I have no idea where they came from.

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15 hours ago, Dutch_12078 said:

We have a couple of mesh splatter shields that work really well. My mother-in-law had them before us though, so I have no idea where they came from.

They sell them on Amazon. I don't know how you'd wash/store them in an RV. Maybe Dutch can tell us what they do about that.

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5 minutes ago, sandsys said:

They sell them on Amazon. I don't know how you'd wash/store them in an RV. Maybe Dutch can tell us what they do about that.

I see ones on Amazon that are similar to ours with just sightly different handles. We wash them in the sink just like any the dirty pans. We store them in the bottom of a dinette seat drawer under the frying pans.

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There is nothing I wouldn't cook in my RV.  Of course I'm saying that living full time in a 40 foot 5ther.  I probably wouldn't have said that when I had a 25 foot TT.  As far as turkey, I buy frozen breast meat to make life simpler seeing there are only two of us.  Glade spray takes care of any unwanted odors.

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2 hours ago, wranglermatt said:

Glade spray takes care of any unwanted odors.

We've been using Oust spray. Somehow it seems to remove the odors rather than try to cover them with a more pleasant smell.

Linda Sand

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5 hours ago, sandsys said:

We've been using Oust spray. Somehow it seems to remove the odors rather than try to cover them with a more pleasant smell.

Linda Sand

That's been our experience with Oust too, Linda. Good stuff!

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